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Guy Says Musk Saw His Sheep Meme, Gave Him a Job

It all started with an 'absolute unit' of a ram

(Newser) - A guy tweeted a photo of an "absolute unit" of a sheep and now claims he's Tesla's social media strategist. It's a fascinating story best digested once CEO Elon Musk's passion for Internet culture is understood. It turns out Musk spotted a reference to the... More »

Court Wants Musk to Explain Calling Rescuer a Pedophile

Judge orders trial in diver's defamation suit

(Newser) - A tweet calling a British rescuer a "pedo" has earned Elon Musk a day in court. A federal judge has ordered a trial in the lawsuit filed by a diver involved in saving 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand last July. Vern Unsworth helped recruit fellow British... More »

Sexual Tweet Is Elon Musk's Reply to Bezos' Lunar Lander

'Oh stop teasing, Jeff'

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos gave a "rambling" intro Thursday to the new moon lander created by his Blue Origin spacecraft company, and one person in particular was paying attention—and poking fun. CNBC reports competitor Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, took to Twitter Thursday night and tweeted out a photo of... More »

Tesla's New Mission: a Quiet Leafblower

'Tesla blows,' quips Elon Musk

(Newser) - Elon Musk kept things weird Tuesday evening with the announcement of a possible new Tesla product line. "Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leafblower," the CEO tweeted , adding: "Tesla blows haha." It's not clear what prompted the announcement, though CNET speculates that Musk... More »

Elon Musk Releases 'Harambe' Rap Track

'RIP Harambe/Smoking on some strong/In the gorilla zoo'

(Newser) - Elon Musk apparently had some fun over the weekend: The Tesla and SpaceX CEO released a rap song called "RIP Harambe" on SoundCloud Saturday, Billboard reports. The "Emo G Records" release, which can be heard here , pays tribute to the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016... More »

Drama Between Musk, Tesla Whistleblower: 'Horrible Human Being'

2nd whistleblower says Tesla tried to destroy previous whistleblower Martin Tripp

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the ongoing saga between Elon Musk and a former Tesla employee. Martin Tripp, a whistleblower who aired alleged evidence of dangerous practices in Tesla's Nevada battery factory, has been accused of leaking information about the company and stealing data ; a lawsuit was filed against... More »

Tesla Makes 'Bizarre' Reversal

It now says stores will stay open, prices will go up

(Newser) - After announcing earlier this month that it would close most of its stores and lower prices , Tesla has revealed an updated strategy of keeping its stores open and raising prices. Stores that closed around a week ago are already reopening, including outlets in Hawaii and California, Bloomberg reports. "Over... More »

Musk's US Security Clearance Could Go Up in Pot Smoke

It's being reviewed over marijuana use

(Newser) - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is on the verge of scoring a massive success with his Dragon crew capsule —but his pot-smoking could complicate his relationship with the government. Sources tell Bloomberg that the Pentagon is reviewing Musk's security clearance because he was filmed smoking a joint during an... More »

Musk Tunnel Dream Could Become Reality in Vegas

System could debut 2 years from now

(Newser) - Elon Musk's dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities. Las Vegas' tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an enterprise backed by the divisive billionaire receive a contract to build and operate an underground... More »

Musk After 'High-Stakes' Launch: 'Emotionally Exhausted'

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule sent into space atop Falcon 9 rocket to International Space Station

(Newser) - America's newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy named Ripley, after the lead character in the Alien movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its Crew Dragon capsule before... More »

Tesla Says All Sales Will Be Shifted Online

Musk says savings will allow for a $35K Model 3

(Newser) - Tesla says it is launching the long-promised $35,000 version of its Model 3—and shifting all of its sales online to help lower costs. "It is excruciatingly difficult to make this car for $35,000 and still be financially sustainable," CEO Elon Musk told reporters Thursday, adding... More »

Elon Musk in Hot Water Yet Again Over a Tweet

SEC wants Tesla CEO held in contempt

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk's tweeting habits have triggered another legal challenge from stock market regulators worried about him using his Twitter account to mislead investors, the AP reports. The latest dust-up emerged late Monday when the Securities and Exchange Commission asked a federal court in New York to hold... More »

Musk Has Unusual Reason for New Round of Layoffs

He says Tesla's vehicles are 'too expensive'

(Newser) - Last year was "the most successful year in Tesla's history," with sales almost as high as all previous years combined—but around 3,000 workers are going to have to lose their jobs because the company's cars are too expensive, Elon Musk wrote in a letter... More »

SpaceX Just Got 'Leaner' Ahead of 2 Costly Projects

Company slashes 10% of workforce as it develops spacecraft and a space-based internet

(Newser) - "Extraordinarily difficult challenges" are coming up for SpaceX—which is why it just gave the ax to a good portion of its workforce. Per Reuters and the Los Angeles Times , a spokesman for the Elon Musk-headed company announced Friday that, even though its finances are in good shape, it... More »

Elon Musk Just Pressed a Button to Set Off a Tesla First

Company's first car-manufacturing factory outside of US breaks ground in China

(Newser) - With the press of a button, Elon Musk set in motion Monday a big first for Tesla. Per Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal , the company's first car-manufacturing plant outside the US broke ground a couple of hours from Shanghai, a four-year effort that comes during a turbulent time... More »

Musk: 'Pedo' Was an Insult, Not a Statement of Fact

Tesla billionaire moves to have defamation suit dismissed

(Newser) - When Elon Musk called the British diver aiding in the rescue of a Thai soccer team stuck in a flooded cave “pedo guy,” it was an “imaginative attack”—not a statement of fact. And because of that, the Tesla founder’s attorneys argue, a defamation lawsuit... More »

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle... More »

'Fart on Demand' Is Now a Feature in Tesla Vehicles

Impress your friends with a 'Short Shorts Ripper' every time you put on your turn signal

(Newser) - As if we needed any more proof that Elon Musk is as guylike as guys can get , Tesla has unveiled a new Easter egg—a surprise bonus feature—that's sure to please everyone's inner Cletus Klump . TechCrunch reports on the company's new "Emissions Testing Mode,"... More »

Musk: First Tunnel Ride Was 'Epic'

He unveils prototype transportation tunnel

(Newser) - Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube—the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic." Guests boarded Musk's Tesla Model S and rode... More »

When Working for Musk, Beware 'Elon's Rage Firings'

'Wired' recounts volatile outbursts of the Tesla boss

(Newser) - Those fascinated or even mildly interested in the doings of Elon Musk will want to make time for a long and often unflattering profile in Wired by Charles Duhigg. The story paints a picture of a brilliant CEO for whom it can be absolute misery to work. One Tesla manager,... More »

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